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October 02, 2012

Video: How to survive a plane crash

Experiment looks at what actually happens during plane crash and science behind passengers' best chance for survival

By Matt Roush
CBS Detroit

DETROIT — Wayne State University professor and biomedical engineering researcher Cynthia Bir specializes in impacts. But her latest project undoubtedly produced the biggest bang of her career.

Back in April, teamed with an international team of researchers, pilots and aircraft safety experts, Bir crashed a full-size passenger airplane into the remote desert along the U.S.-Mexico border, all in the name of science. The project was part of the Discovery Channel’s newest series, called Curiosity.

This groundbreaking experiment looks at what actually happens during a plane crash and the science behind passengers' best chance for survival. Crash test dummies as well as sensors throughout the plane will reveal just what types of forces are unleashed in a typical plane crash. Video footage from inside the remote-controlled plane will enable viewers to see what happens at the moment of impact.

Full story: Wayne State Prof Crashes Airplane For Science

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Isaac Caza Isaac Caza Tuesday, October 02, 2012 5:33:29 PM Maybe I should be a scientist! :D
Umda Waterloo Umda Waterloo Friday, October 05, 2012 9:23:47 PM always we have this problem , PLS try to make all your posted topics & video readable every where in the world..thank you.
Brenda Smith Brenda Smith Saturday, October 06, 2012 9:29:07 PM unless the plane lands butt first and rips the back and the engines right off. then your not safer in the back. and what if something is wrong with the landing gear and it lands on its side? then your safer in the middle of the plane. really these scientists get paid way too much money!
Robert Gift Robert Gift Saturday, October 13, 2012 4:44:24 AM Wow! De$troy an aircraft for this? Was the aircraft to be scrapped, anyway?
Dave Mansfield Dave Mansfield Saturday, February 16, 2013 2:41:12 AM That's fascinting, and a good start, but far too limited to choose a seat by. There are just too many variables as others have noted - pitch, roll, yaw, angles, torsion, surface landed upon, placement of engines, etc. But I guess you can only crash so many jets before it gets financially unsustainable.

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